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Tony Vlachos Is the Winner of Survivor: Cagayan

Originally posted 05/21/2014 10:30 PM

Survivor: Cagayan Crowns Tony Vlachos Winner

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The tribe has spoken – and it's a shocker.

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Want to Be on Survivor? Jeff Probst Says 'Just Be Yourself'

Update 05/21/2014 04:45 PM Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:15 PM

Jeff Probst: Why This Is One of the Best Survivor Seasons Yet – And How to Get on the Show | Jeff Probst

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For a show in its 28th season, Survivor has proven itself to be shockingly resilient.

The newest installment, Survivor: Cagayan has been one of the most engrossing seasons in years – and the viewers have noticed. Ratings have spiked, and the show regularly beats American Idol in its time slot.

But it all comes to an end on Wednesday night when the show crowns its latest winner. Unlike previous seasons, each member of the final four could make an argument to win the game.

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Survivor's Trish Hegarty Says She Has a 'Very Complicated Personality'

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At 48, Trish Hegarty was the oldest contestant to compete on Survivor: Cagayan. Initially banished from her tribe, the Massachusetts Pilates trainer managed to battle her way into the game's most dominant power alliance. But it didn't last.

Three days before the end of the game, her alliance turned on her, opting instead to keep caustic attorney Kass McQuillan.

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Survivor Blog: Tony Votes Out His Closest Ally

Originally posted 05/15/2014 10:55 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Votes Out His Closest Ally

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You have to weigh out your options at the end, and things aren't always as clear as they seem."
– Kim Spradlin, winner, Survivor: One World

Did Tony just make a brilliant move or a terrible one? I truly have no idea.

Just when you thought he was going to whip out an idol and save Trish, Tony instead turned on his top ally and voted her out. It happened so fast, you might have missed it. I did when I first watched the episode.

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Survivor's Tasha Fox: I Was There to Play!

Originally posted 05/14/2014 05:15 PM

Survivor's Tasha Fox: I Was There to Play!

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For a while, it looked like Tasha Fox could win Survivor: Cagayan. Even though she was down in numbers, the 37-year-old accountant from St. Louis proved to be a likable strategist, surviving until the final 6.

After winning three immunity challenges in a row, Fox was considered a threat and voted out as soon as she lost a challenge on day 33.

It was a painful vote off, but Fox has taken it in stride.

"I'm not at all bitter," she tells PEOPLE. "I had an amazing time."

Fox breaks down what went wrong – and who is playing a surprisingly strong game.

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Survivor's Jefra Bland: I Did Have Strategy!

Originally posted 05/08/2014 01:00 PM

Survivor's Jefra Bland: I Did Have Strategy!

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When the Survivor: Cagayan contestants were split into tribes of Beauty, Brains and Brawn, everyone – even Jeff Probst – thought that the Beauties didn't stand a chance.

Sure enough, the Beauties were the first tribe to become extinct after Jefra Bland was voted off last week.

Bland, 23, a former Miss Teen Kentucky USA, insists that she had strategy, and is more than happy to dish about the moves she made while on the show.

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Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Flips the Game on Its Head

Originally posted 05/01/2014 06:50 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Flips the Game on Its Head

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You plant that little seed in their head, in their little brain. And then it grows, and it's called a Russell seed. It takes over their whole mind."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

Tony Vlachos's initials aren't TV for nothing.

The crazed cop has made Survivor: Cagayan one of the best seasons of all time. On Wednesday night, he once again turned on his alliance and flipped the game on its head.

Tony decided that a women's alliance was brewing, and voted out benign Jefra. That left fan favorite Spencer still in the hunt for a million dollars.

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Jeremiah Wood: 'I Kick Myself' Over Losing Survivor

Originally posted 04/30/2014 11:15 AM

Jeremiah Wood: 'I Kick Myself' Over Losing Survivor

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In the end, he was just too nice.

Jeremiah Wood was voted off Survivor: Cagayan on Day 28 after finding himself down in numbers. When Jefra Bland told him that she wouldn't work with him, Wood accepted the inevitable rather than causing a scene – a move he now regrets.

The 34-year-old model from Dobson, N.C., tells PEOPLE where he went wrong – and why he let his looks go before going on the show.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Trish Puts On a Show

Originally posted 04/24/2014 09:40 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Trish Puts On a Show

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"An alliance is easier said than done."
– Kelly Wigglesworth, Survivor: Borneo

We finally had a coming-out episode for the season's secret strategist on Wednesday night's Survivor. Oh sure, Tony found his super idol, Tasha won immunity, and Spencer pontificated grandiloquently.

But the real mastermind in a season filled with big players and giant reversals may be one of the least ostentatious and most overlooked. No, I don't mean Jefra – she's got the strategic chops of cardboard. I mean Trish: she of the annoying laugh and the uncomfortable jokes about her masculinity.

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Survivor's LJ McKanas: Being Blindsided 'Is the Worst'

Originally posted 04/17/2014 01:45 PM

Survivor's LJ McKanas: Being Blindsided 'Is the Worst'

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LJ McKanas was playing a strong game on Survivor: Cagayan and seemed like a lock to make the finals. But after his alliance turned on him, he was blindsided and went home on Day 25.

McKanas, a 34-year-old horse trainer from Boston, talks to PEOPLE about the blindside, and breaks down the gameplay of all the contestants left in the game.

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